508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk Worcester and downtown development with Chris Besaw, Gina Migliozzi, Erika Dunn, Martha Assefa, Jen Burt, Asa Needle, Nicole Apostola, and Dante Comparetto. Notes: http://www.PieAndCoffee.org/2013/01/23/508-211-paris-of-the-eighties-cafe Topics: 508, Worcester
508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s panel is Tim Hart, Pam Toomey, Brendan Melican, and Carly. We discuss proposed Worcester pit bull restrictions and think they are a bad idea. (You might enjoy this Malcolm Gladwell article about pit bulls.) Clark students continue to support unionization of their dining hall workers; there have been two incidents in the past year when Leominster cops caused trouble in Worcester; it’s Holy Week; Mike is a little confused about how Michael Hlady is... Topics: 508, Worcester, pit bulls
508 is a show about Worcester. This week's panelists are Cha-Cha Connor, Brendan Melican , and Bruce Russell . The show begins with an excerpt from Fr. Bernie Gilgun's homily at the memorial mass for Tom Lewis . Cha-Cha was part of a Real Solutions press conference this week looking to change people's attitudes towards "sex workers" and "drug users," among others. Real Solutions has asked the City Manager for information about the state of rooming houses and "SROs"... Topics: 508, Worcester, podcast
508 is a show about Worcester. Today's panel includes Brendan Melican and Charles Washburn. Charles talks about an event he's organizing Saturday: "Nuclear Power is Not Green. Stand Out at the Obama Caucus to nominate delegates to the Democratic Convention Forest Grove Jr. High School, Worcester, MA, 12:30 PM Saturday April 5th 2008." Brendan offers some defense of nuclear power. Today is the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Charles remembers the first... Topics: Worcester, 508, podcast
508 is a show about Worcester. This week's co-host is Brendan Melican . This week's guests are Jeff Barnard and Anne Lewenberg. The City and EPA disagree about Worcester's water treatment; we explore the social dynamics of having a city councilor as a Facebook friend. ( Here's the Cory Doctorow essay. ) We respond to some claims by Anthony Hmura , and note that his blog is totally avant garde. Brendan updates us on the median income debate . Note that he's now Chair of the Cultural Commission!... Topics: 508, podcast, Worcester
508 is a show about Worcester. This week's panel includes Brendan Melican . Inspired by the words of City Councilor Bill Eddy, we provide an infusion of enthusiasm. Economic Development Initiatives Status Report: "A start-up company that has developed a way to grow plants for cosmetics and health will be the first business to redevelop land in the South Worcester Industrial Park." Things are happening with the Mason-Winfield Lot . Mike agrees with Jeff , and disagrees with Gary Rosen... Topics: 508, podcast, Worcester
508 is a show about Worcester. This week's guests are former Worcester Magazine editor Brittany Durgin, and former T&G online director Mark Henderson, now of The Worcester Sun. We talk about the state of Worcester journalism, exciting new projects, and staying warm. Show notes: http://www.pieandcoffee.org/?p=5395 Topics: 508, Worcester
508 is a show about Worcester. This week, we talk with some Worcester Public Schools art teachers, at the opening of their group show at the Sprinkler Factory, "Making Our Mark." Guests include Keri Anderson, Jay Benotti, Christine Cross, Alana Juneau, Stacy Lord, Cory Shepherd, Michael Walden, and Fran Warner. Show notes: http://www.PieAndCoffee.org/2015/02/08/508-243-making-our-mark/ Topics: 508, Worcester
508 is a show about Worcester. This week's panel includes Brendan Melican , Scott Zoback , and Jeff Barnard . We start by interviewing renegade blogger Marc Reece . John Wood and Karon Shea, if you want to give your side of the story you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 508-471-3897. (Other listeners can drunk dial this number.) Mike's federal trial date is now up in the air; there's a pre-trial hearing June 16. The Telegram & Gazette lost several reporters... Topics: 508, Worcester, podcast, Marc Reece
508 is a show about Worcester. This week's guest is Julius Jones. We talk about the Pulse's "Ones to Watch" list, Communities United and #BlackLivesMatter, and the rapidly diminishing ranks of local pro journalists. Notes: pieandcoffee.org Topics: 508, Worcester, BlackLivesMatter
Every election year, inspired by Jay Rosen, we ask: "What do you want the candidates to be discussing as they compete for votes in this year's Worcester City Council election?" We sift through the suggested questions and pick 3 or 4. Then, we try to interview every City Council challenger on the show, asking those same questions. To prime the pump, this week we get some suggestions from Brendan Melican, Bill Coleman, and Virginia Ryan. Show notes:... Topics: 508, Worcester
508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Mike is joined by Bruce Russell and Brendan Melican . The mayoral forum at the Dive Bar went great, though many were dissatisfied with the candidates' answers. Brendan recaps his blog post about the rhetoric Worcester State College officials are using to argue that their security should be armed. Opposition to a Worcester Wal-Mart has ended ; Wal-Mart itself is slowing down the spread of SuperCenters. Sarah Loy returns to court Monday for a hearing... Topics: 508, Worcester, podcast, Larry Cirignano, Brendan Melican, Bruce Russell, Wal-Mart, Worcester State...
508 is a show about Worcester. This week's panel includes Brendan Melican and Bruce Russell . HBML is raffeling off a plush squid ; the Longest Night event remembered those who've died homeless in Worcester, including Joe Sweet ; Anthony Hmura's disturbing blog mentions 508 , and also fluoridation . Topics: 508, podcast, Worcester, Longest Night, HBML, squid, Joe Sweet, Anthony Hmura
508 is a show about Worcester. On this debut episode, Mike Benedetti talks about resistance to a Worcester Wal-Mart will Shannon Senior , and about the preliminary City Council election with Brendan Melican . Topics: Options for stopping or mitigating a Worcester Wal-Mart are running out The preliminary Council election was dominated by one big factor How much did the candidates spend per vote? The District 5 race: Rich Ball and baseball "I have a funning feeling we're gonna see Gary... Topics: Worcester, 508, Shannon Senior, Brendan Melican, City Council, Wal-Mart
508 is a show about Worcester. This week's panel is Peter Sulski, Tracy Kraus, Krista Buckland Reisner, David Russell, Ian Watson, and Brendan Melican. Our subject: the Worcester Chamber Music Society. Show notes Topics: 508, Worcester
508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Mike and Brendan Melican discuss: a local STD researcher arrested for soliciting a prostitute in Main South has gotten a huge amount of press; Mike makes like LaGuardia and reads from the InCity Times; Rushton asks for a recount in the City Council election; Brendan thinks next year will be a bad time to be mayor; Miro 1.0 is out; the Snow Ghost Community Show , hosted by frequent 508 panelist Bruce Russell, won some awards this week. Topics: 508, Worcester, podcast, InCIty Times, Rick Rushton
508 is a show about Worcester. This week's guest is Chris Robarge. We talk about our new permanent City Manager, eight stolen gargoyles, and Jodorowsky. Show notes: http://www.PieAndCoffee.org/2014/10/11/508-250-so-much-stuff/ Topics: 508, Worcester
508 is a show about Worcester. This week's panel is Jesse Pack, Cha-Cha Connor, and Brendan Melican . City Councilor Kate Toomey sent Mike birthday greetings on Facebook! Jesse is starting a "support fund" for area transsexuals facing homelessness and other difficulties. The homelessness rate among transsexuals is very high. Cha-Cha talks about her performance in the US premiere of A Journey to Kreisau, a dramatic presentation about Nazi resister Helmuth James Graf von Moltke ,... Topic: 508
508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Kevin Ksen talks about fires in the Piedmont area, and Alfee Westgroves and Angela Mather-Keil talk about the Taking Turns Childcare Cooperative. Show notes: http://pieandcoffee.org Topics: 508, Worcester
508 is a show about Worcester. This week we talk with Brendan Melican . How is the Worcester City Council like the movie Groundhog Day? PILOT vs. BILOT? How dark is the future of Worcester journalism? Would local bloggers like to video themselves for TV? Just how charming are holiday shoutouts? Also: Last weekend Kevin Ksen went to a KOMBI event at Coral Seafood to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the standardization of Albanian spelling . Topics: 508, podcast, Worcester
508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Mike is joined by Bruce Russell and Brendan Melican . The criminal complaint against Sarah Loy was dropped ; gay marriage opponents exchange e-mails with Richard Nangle and the T&G ; Brendan thinks that the illegal disclosure of City Council candidate Michael Germain's financial records won't hurt his campaign; Worcester Magazine thinks that candidate Grace Ross has "weathered the storm of her Green Party's international posturing"; the... Topics: 508, Worcester, podcast, Larry Cirignano, Brendan Melican, Bruce Russell, Sarah Loy, Grace Ross,...
508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Mike is joined by Brendan Melican and Bruce Russell . Brendan points out an interesting story about people avoiding jury duty in East Brookfield. The T&G website features odd comments on a story about Shrewsbury's menorah ( related blog post: "It's time for a ceasefire in the Christmas culture wars"), and a man who's been in prison 30 years. Mike reads the Worcester Local First brochure and the Coalition of United Students' Distorientation... Topics: 508, Worcester, podcast, Brendan Melican, Bruce Russell, Telegram and Gazette, Vegan Outreach,...
508 is a show about Worcester. This week's guests are Brendan Mellican , Cha-Cha Connor, and Bruce "Snow Ghost" Russell . The real news about CitySquare—groundbreaking won't be for at least three more years. One group is claiming there may be a serial killer in Worcester. This forum discussion goes into every nook and cranny. There's a Mayoral Candidate Forum October 22 at the Dive Bar . Any ideas for a Mayoral Forum Drinking Game? Our condolences to Scott Zoback on the loss of his... Topics: 508, Worcester, podcast, serial killers, CitySquare, Brendan Melican, Cha-Cha Connor, Bruce...
508 is a show about Worcester. This week, I sat on a couch with Brendan Melican and Jeff Barnard and talked about the city. Relevant links: The Catholic Free Press ran a better story about the Planned Parenthood hearing than the T&G; the T&G moderates comments in odd ways; Start On The Park is a great arts event Sunday 11am-4pm in Beaver Brook Park; Claire Schaeffer-Duffy was found guilty for her Gitmo protest ; Mike's federal trial is in a couple weeks, please come out and support him;... Topics: 508, podcast, Worcester
508 is a show about Worcester. This week's panel includes Brendan "Buck Paxton" Melican and Bruce "Snow Ghost" Russell . Ralph "Ralph's" Moberly has died . People worldwide have fond memories of that bar, but it doesn't get a lot of respect in Worcester. The building HBML rents in is getting foreclosed. Read their blog for the latest updates on finding a new location (or making do with the current one). The hip literary enterprise McSweeney's is encouraging people... Topics: 508, Worcester, podcast
video version , show notes 508 is a show about Worcester. This week's panelists are Tracy Novick and Brendan Melican. 508 is now arguably the first local program to be an equal citizen of both the internet and TV. You can watch it on Worcester cable channel 13 Tuesdays at 12:30am and 11:30am. Plenty of local programs from traditional media have some internet component, in most cases, unfortunately, on the periphery of what they do, rather than near the core. We touch on shopping locally, then... Topics: 508, Worcester
508 is a show about Worcester. This week's panelists are Bruce "Snow Ghost" Russell and Jeff "Wormtown Taxi" Barnard . This week we talk about the upcoming ballot recount and the price of gas vs. inflation. Also, even though this week Pie and Coffee posted an interview with a Cirignano juror , and the 2008 National Catholic Worker Gathering webpage , the additional traffic was drowned out from the traffic generated by a mention in Teresa Neilsen Hayden's linkblog . What does... Topics: 508, Worcester, podcast, Jeff Barnard, recount, Diebold
508 is a show about Worcester. This week's panelists are Brendan Melican and Bruce Russell . The train schedule has changed ; there will soon be a Worcester Green-Rainbow Party City Committee; the "connections exceeded" error on the City's website is caused by turning off cookies in your browser; Brendan responds to Clive McFarlane's column about strip club zoning; Anthony Hmura has an amazing blog post about running into Cha-Cha at an ATM; Mike contrasts hunger strikes with Gandhian... Topics: 508, podcast, Worcester
508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Mike is joined by Bruce Russell , Brendan Melican , and Matt Feinstein. Brendan's long article on the election is our jumping-off point; Bruce raises the subject of Worcester casinos; Scott Zoback and Worcester Magazine are praised for their on-line election coverage ; Mike reiterates what he said a year ago, that WoMag's site should be a simple WordPress install ; the panel speculates on Councilor Kate Toomey's internet nemesis; more ranting against... Topics: 508, Worcester, podcast, Larry Cirignano, Brendan Melican, Bruce Russell, Sarah Loy, Grace Ross,...
508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s guest is Jim Kersten. This week’s show was taped on a raft floating in Worcester’s Indian Lake. We talk about blue-green algae in the lake, the search for a new head librarian, the American Antiquarian Society and Wormtown Brewery winning national awards, and openings on Worcester’s municipal boards and commissions. Show notes: http://www.pieandcoffee.org/2014/07/28/508-247-indian-lake/
508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Mike and Brendan talk about crosswalks, internet silliness, and municipal broadband. Show notes: http://www.pieandcoffee.org/2014/08/04/508-248-the-presence-of-metal/ Topics: 508, Worcester
508 is a show about Worcester. This week's panel is Adrienne LaPierre and Brendan Melican. They talk about a Green Solidarity Economy, time trading, beer, and tattoos. Show notes. Topics: 508, Worcester
508 is a show about Worcester. Today's panelists are Brendan Melican and Scott Zoback . We start off by discussing Worcester's new contract with Charter for cable services. Scott talks about printing City Councilor Toomey's Facebook updates in Worcester Magazine . Worcester commuters may take trains to Boston via Fitchburg . Brendan talks about the Worcester police shooting a man . (T&G has an mp3 recording of police radio of the incident .) Mike talks with Election Commissioner John... Topics: 508, Worcester, podcast, Telegram and Gazette
508 is a show about Worcester. This week Mike talks with Brendan Melican . After comparing the philosophies of Joff Smith, Dr. Dre, and Thomas Jefferson , we talk about the City Council's salary debate . ( Audio of the debate at archive.org .) We also revisit last week's discussion of the Antiquarian Society and Dianne Williamson's similar take . Mike and others were arrested for praying this week, but the US marshalls let them finish the prayer before arresting them, perhaps a sign that their... Topics: 508, Worcester, podcast, American Antiquarian Society, Joff Smith, anti-war, Catholic Worker
508 is a show about Worcester. This week's panel includes Brendan Melican and Bruce Russell . We follow up on our "disco entertainment" story; Worcester has a needle disposal plan; Java Hut and HBML are closing; snow removal. Topics: 508, podcast, Worcester
508 is a show about Worcester. This week's panel includes Brendan Melican . You wouldn't know it from reading the Telegram & Gazette , but, as at other papers , their circulation is still dropping . The news could be worse . Mike notes a goofy headline . (Brendan mentions the 2-headed kitten in Milbury and a T&G column that made it to Fark .) We have an exclusive interview with two of the kids behind the play The Dragon Sorcerer , which will be performed in Worcester May 9 and 10. Mike... Topics: 508, Worcester, podcast
508 is a show about Worcester. This week, Brendan Melican and I talk about the city: At-Large City Council candidate Grace Ross has come under fire ( T&G , WoMag ) for a statement she made about Israel's war with Hezbollah, and her party's statement on Darfur . (Relevant Wikipedia page: International response to the Darfur conflict ) Brendan: "I think it's gonna be a shame if she does lose any votes, and especially if she gets knocked off . . . because pf something that really doesn't... Topics: 508, Worcester, Grace Ross, Darfur
Mike loved the Dragon Sorcerer, and interviews author Asa Needle. The City Council and other city employees got raises this week. If Charter cable provides your internet service, t hey're now selling info about your browsing habits to an ad company . (Related: how to encrypt your Gmail e-mail .) Mike reads the InCity Times . There was a hearing about Planned Parenthood changing its Worcester location. Critics of PP, including local blogger JayG , come off looking like nuts in press coverage;... Topics: 508, Worcester, podcast
508 is a show about Worcester. This week's panel is Nat Needle, Jeff Barnard , Brendan Melican , and Bruce Russell. Nat talks about the Creative Laundry art project that will appear and disappear in Elm Park on August 15. (In passing we mention Free Art Worcester .) It rained a lot this week; at least one building was hit by lightning. The city's trees are under attack from beetles . Rosalie Tirella wrote about the late Richard Preston in this week's InCity Times . The Armsby Abbey opened .... Topics: Worcester, 508, podcast